Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

South Dakota
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"Top-notch firm" Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith advises wealthy clients on estate planning and trust administration. The team also advises on tax matters and trust company formation, and also represents high net worth clients in trust litigation.

A source explains: "They have a very good, sophisticated trust and estate group with good lawyers." The firm is based in Sioux Falls.

Notable practitioners


Mary Akkerman
advises high net worth individuals on estate and tax planning, as well as representing clients in fiduciary litigation. An interviewee says: "She does litigation, drafting, she deals with modifying trusts, she works with international clients - she does everything well."


Daniel Donohue
"has been consistently excellent," enthuses a source, adding: "He has been a great leader for the state." Donohue has considerable experience in trust administration. Another interviewee notes: "If anyone knows the law inside and out, it is him."


Sarah Larson
advises high net worth clients on estate planning and probate. She also has expertise in elder law. A source says Larson is "very high-quality - she is smart and tells it like it is." Another describes Larson as "very practical, and very much an advocate for her position."


Terry Prendergast
has an excellent reputation for trust company formation. "His strength is the formation of trust companies; he does more of that than any other lawyer," notes an interviewee, who adds that "he is very good at it and very knowledgeable."